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1397 in History

Events in History

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Apr 17 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II

Author and Poet Geoffrey Chaucer
Author and Poet
Geoffrey Chaucer
King of England Richard II
King of England
Richard II
  • Jun 17 Union of Kalmar established between Denmark, Sweden and Norway
  • Jun 24 Sultan Bajezid I releases captured crusaders for ransom
  • Jun 30 Denmark, Norway and Sweden sign Union of Kalmar under Queen Margaretha

Birthdays in History

  • May 6 Sejong the Great, 4th King of Joseon (1418-50), born in Hanseong, Kingdom of Joseon (d. 1450)
  • Jun 29 John II, King of Aragon and Navarre, born in Medina del Campo, Spain (d. 1479)
  • Aug 10 Albert II of Germany, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1439)
  • Aug 16 Albrecht II von Habsburg, King of Bohemia, Hungary and Germany, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1439)
  • Nov 15 Nicholas V [Tommaso Parentucelli], Italian Pope (1447-55), born in Sarzana, Republic of Genoa (d. 1455)

Deaths in History

  • Feb 18 Enguerrand VII, French master of Coucy/count of Soissons, dies at 56
  • Jun 3 William Montacute, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, English military leader, dies at 68
  • Jun 15 Count of Eu, French knight, dies in Turkish captivity
  • Jun 16 Philip of Artois, Count of Eu, French soldier (b. 1358)
  • Sep 8 Thomas of Woodstock, 1st Duke of Gloucester.
  • Sep 21 Richard FitzAlan, 11th Earl of Arundel, English military leader (executed) (b. 1346)